Landscape Arch 107-2

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Landscape Arch 107-2


Photographing at night is extremely difficult because it is so dark that light meters will not work, leaving the exposure up to guesswork. While you may have seen other night photos, the landscape will not have been lit up so you can see it. This is lit by natural, available light only, not by any harsh flashes which only light up the foreground. Since I can shoot only one photo per night, it means that my chance of success is very limited. It took two years to achieve this first spectacular success. This will be the first in an ongoing series of night imagery. This night photo ran over a time span of 4 hours and 50 minutes. The long streaks in the sky are star trails. As the earth rotates the stars track across the sky much as the sun and moon do. You will notice that there are gaps in the star trails. These are caused when clouds drift through the sky during the exposure obscuring the stars from the lens for a time. Interestingly enough, the clouds themselves do not record on the film as you might expect. This arch is very close to collapse. It dropped rock from its' span in 1991 and again in 1995. You used to be able to walk up under the arch on set trails but for safety reasons the National Park Service has now closed these trails and you must remain well back. As you can see it is still spectacular from a distance and worth the effort to see it first hand. The bottom photo was taken at the sunrise following the night exposure with the clouds now visable.


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